Hi my name is Maggie Stelmach. For the past 5 years I have been a volunteer for Telford Council and help deliver The Freedom Programme.
I think volunteering must me in my genes. I've been volunteering on and off for a variety of organisations for more than half my life since I took on the role of Treasurer at the local Playgroup my daughter attended and she's 38. I've had a paid role as a Volunteer Coordinator and when I worked with the Housing Team I managed a project which created and supported a fully constituted team of volunteers for the Women's Refuge. I know how important volunteering is to both the local and national economy. The country would grind to a halt if all volunteers stopped working tomorrow!
Regarding the difference it makes to me. I'm passionate about the Freedom Programme because I see and hear at first hand from victims and survivors about how it helps. I really enjoy delivering it and it's a great feeling to do something so useful to others. I especially enjoy the interaction with women and colleagues. Dare I say it keeps my brain cells active. Like a healthy diet, volunteering is good for you!
My volunteering jobs have always been easy; hats off to the people who do the hard work.